The Nickelodeon ’90s

Cartoons, Game Shows and a Whole Bunch of Slime

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About the Book

There is an entire generation that grew up on Nickelodeon. The network started to get its footing in the 1980s and in the 1990s became the defining voice in entertainment for kids. For the first time ever, in this book, the entire expanse of 1990s Nickelodeon has been collected in one place. A mix of personal reflection and media criticism, it delves into the history of each show with humor and insight. It revisits shows such as Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All, and Legends of the Hidden Temple, one by one. More than an act of nostalgia, this book looks critically at the 1990s Nick catalog, covering the good, the bad, and the weird.

About the Author(s)

Chris Morgan is a pop culture and comedy writer based in the Detroit area. His written works include pieces for websites, books of both fiction and nonfiction, television, video games, and sketch shows for the stage.

Bibliographic Details

Chris Morgan

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8564-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4346-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: The Gak Generation 3
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 7
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 10
All That 18
The Amanda Show 24
The Angry Beavers 28
Animorphs 32
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 36
CatDog 40
Clarissa Explains It All 44
Some Words on Nick Jr. 51
Cousin Skeeter 54
Don’t Just Sit There 58
Double Dare 61
Doug 67
Fifteen 73
Figure It Out 77
Get the Picture 82
Guts 86
Hey Arnold! 91
Hey Dude 97
The Journey of Allen Strange 102
KaBlam! 105
Kenan and Kel 110
Nick in the Afternoon aka Long Live Stick Stickly 115
Legends of the Hidden Temple 119
Make the Grade 123
Mr. Wizard’s World 126
My Brother and Me 129
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo 132
Nick Arcade 136
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee 140
Nickelodeon ­All-Star Challenge 143
Nickelodeon Launch Box 147
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 150
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd 154
The Ren & Stimpy Show 158
Rocket Power 163
Rocko’s Modern Life 167
Roundhouse 172
Rugrats 176
Salute Your Shorts 182
The Secret World of Alex Mack 187
SK8-TV 192
Space Cases 195
Let’s Briefly Talk About Nick at Nite 199
SpongeBob SquarePants 204
Think Fast 209
U to U 213
Weinerville 216
Welcome Freshman 220
What Would You Do? 224
Wild & Crazy Kids 228
The Wild Thornberrys 231
You Can’t Do That on Television 235
You’re On! 241
Conclusion 244
Index 247